How to delete photos

How to delete photos

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Whether you are switching photo services or just want to start over, this is how to delete all photos from your iPhone.

Your iPhone treats the Photos app as a catch-all for all saved media and it can get unwieldy fast. Maybe you’ve saved every meme you’ve ever seen or just moved to Google Photos, its time to delete your photo library.

iCloud and selecting photos

First, you must consider if you want to delete all of your photos from everything, everywhere, forever. If you are using iCloud Photo Library then deleting the photos on your iPhone will delete them in the cloud and every device connected to your iCloud.

Before doing anything, you should perform a backup of your Photo library by either saving a duplicate version of it or exporting all photos on a Mac. Deleting photos is a permanent action and cannot be undone.

How to delete photos

Toggle Photos app settings

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Select “Photos.”
  3. Toggle “iCloud Photos” off if you want to affect only photos on your iPhone.
  4. Toggle off “Shared Albums” and “My Photo Stream” if you want the Photo app completely empty.

Select photos for deletion

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Tap on “Library” then “All Photos.”
  3. Tap “Select” in the top-right corner.
  4. Tap photos to select the ones you’d like to delete.
  5. There is no “Select All” option for this step.

How to quickly select photos

  1. Tap at least one photo so a blue checkmark appears.
  2. Press and swipe your finger up in a scrolling gesture to begin selecting multiple photos.
  3. Leave your finger on the screen to continue scrolling and selecting photos.
  4. Accelerate photo selection by using your other hand to perform another swipe up gesture over and over.
  5. This is a two finger operation, one finger will remain on the display to start the scroll while the other finger speeds it up.

Delete the photos from the main library

How to delete photos

  1. You’ve selected all the photos you want deleted.
  2. Tap the trash can icon in the bottom right corner.
  3. A dialog will appear telling you how many photos will be deleted and how many albums will be affected.
  4. Tap “Delete.”

This step is not permanent. It will move the deleted photos to a “Recently Deleted” folder in the Albums tab. Continue selecting and deleting photos until you’re satisfied with what’s deleted.

Permanently delete photos

How to delete photos

This is the last chance to find any photos you’ve mistakenly deleted. If you’re deleting all of your photos, ensure that none remain in the “Library” tab.

  1. Navigate to the “Albums” tab.
  2. Select “Recently Deleted.”
  3. Tap “Select” in the top-right corner.
  4. “Delete All” or “Recover All” will appear at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Select “Delete All” to permanently erase your deleted photos.

You cannot undo this step, so only perform this step once you’re certain that your library is backed up or populated in a new service like Google Photos.

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Learn how to delete photos in Shackpets so you can curate only the best images of your furry friend.

How to delete photos

Shackpets lets you challenge other pets in a battle of who is the cutest. However, sometimes you might accidentally upload the wrong photo or crop it poorly, which may lead to fewer victories. If this sounds like something you’ve done, you can always delete photos and upload them again. So let’s cover the process of deleting photos on Shackpets!

How to delete photos

How to delete photos

Deleting photos on Shackpets is as easy as going into the My Pets section of the app. In here is where you’ll manage the pets you have as well as upload photos. If you’ve got an unflattering photo of your pet that isn’t winning many challenges, you may want to delete it. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Tap the menu button in the top-left of Shackpets
  2. Go to My Pets
  3. Find the photo you want to delete and tap it
  4. Tap the garbage can icon
  5. Select “Ok” to delete the photo

If you delete all of the images for a pet, the whole pet will be deleted and you will need to add them again. Keep in mind, any challenges that were set before you deleted the images will remain active. Speaking of challenges, check out our guide on how the Challenge Screen works in Shackpets if you’re having difficulty working out what to do.

Deleting photos of your pet from Shackpets is simple. Just head on over to the My Pets section and remove any that you think don’t represent how truly magnificent your little animal is. Be sure to stop by our Shackpets page so you can learn more about Shacknews’ first official app!

How to delete photos

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April 8, 2021 (Updated April 8, 2021 ) 4 Comments

Previously we looked at how to check what’s synced to the Adobe Cloud. But how do you remove photos from the cloud?

You may rely on the cloud to get your mobile photos synced back to Lightroom Classic, but if you only have the 20GB Photography Plan, you’ll eventually run out of cloud space. Remember, photos synced UP from Lightroom Classic are just Smart Previews, which don’t count towards your 20GB limit. Anything uploaded using the cloud-based Lightroom apps or web interface are held as full-size originals in the cloud. Then the full-sized photo/videos are downloaded into Classic, so they can gobble up your space quickly.

When you hit your 20GB limit, of course you can just increase your Adobe cloud storage. The next step up is 1TB. But that’s an additional cost that you may not want, especially if you don’t require the full-sized originals in the cloud. So, how do you remove the full-sized photos from the cloud to stay within your 20GB limit?

How do I remove photos from the Adobe Cloud?

There are potentially a few steps and we’ll explain the effect of each action as we go….

  1. First, check Classic has completed syncing from the cloud. This means any photos uploaded using other devices are safely downloaded into Lightroom Classic and stored on your local hard drive.
  2. Next, go to the Collections panel and check if any collections are synced. You do this by checking the sync on the very left side. As we’re going to remove photos from the cloud using All Synced Photographs, we need to unsync the collections first. This prevents them being removed from these synced collections too. Repeat for all of the Collections that are synced. (Please note, removing photos from a collection doesn’t remove them from the catalog, just from the collection.)
    How to delete photos
  3. Allow Lightroom Classic to finish syncing these changes before proceeding to the next step.
  4. Go to All Synced Photographs and delete all of the photos. You may wish to do this in chunks if there are a lot you want to delete, as it takes a while to sync the changes. Make sure you are in All Synced Photographs! (Alternatively, you can skip this step and use the web interface in step 5. This deletes both photos and videos from the cloud.)
    How to delete photos
  5. One final step… if you have any videos in the cloud, they don’t show in Lightroom Classic’s All Synced Photographs collection. You’ll need to log into the web interface to delete them from the cloud. Go to and log in with your Adobe ID. Click the filter icon to the right of the search field, then click the Video icon, just to the left of Reset. Just as you would on the desktop, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-A (Windows) / Cmd-A (Mac) to select all of the videos. Then click on Delete in the blue bar above to delete the videos.
  6. Once Lightroom Classic’s sync completes, you may want to re-upload the photos as smart previews. This then makes them accessible on your mobile devices again. To do so, just click on the sync icons we mentioned in step 2 to sync the collections again, or drag individual photos to the All Synced Photographs collection to upload them. One word of warning – if any of the albums were shared publicly, you’ll need to share them again. Also, the links will have changed, so you may need to send the new links to your contacts.

Cloud Sync is covered in a lot more detail in Chapter 22 of our Adobe Lightroom Classic – The Missing FAQ book.

This is just one way of removing originals from the cloud, and admittedly it’s a bit of a blunt instrument. There’s no way of identifying which photos have originals in the cloud using either Lightroom Classic or the web interface, so you have to remove everything (unless you know which photos will be full-size originals).

If you have a large number of photos synced or you frequently use shared albums, you might consider using the cloud-based desktop app to do steps 4/5, as it allows you to filter by original/smart preview status. That’s a post for another day!

How to delete photosFor extensive information on Lightroom Classic, see Adobe Lightroom Classic – The Missing FAQ.

If you have the Photography Plan, then as well as Classic you have access to the Lightroom cloud ecosystem including the mobile apps and web interface. For more information on these apps, see Adobe Lightroom – Edit Like a Pro.

Note: purchase of these books includes the first year’s Classic or cloud-based Premium Membership (depending on the book purchased), giving access to download the latest eBook (each time Adobe updates the software), email assistance for the applicable Lightroom version if you hit a problem, and other bonuses.

We also have a special bundle offer for the two books. This includes Premium Membership for the first year as described above for the whole Lightroom family!


Achim says

Thank you so much for these step by step instructions! I found out the same procedure by trial and error which was rather frustrating 🙂

Alice Johnson says

I have read your articles for many years and have learned a lot from you. But here I think you are doing something very efficient. I have a LOT of synced collections. To unsync all of those photos, and then resync, would take a long time, especially since LR sync is so ridiculously slow. Here is a much more efficient, and much faster, way to accomplush the same thing:

Thanks for sharing. That’s a solution to a slightly different problem – it would clear out photos that aren’t in a collection, but wouldn’t clear out originals that are in a collection but that are still taking up space. For example, if you’d uploaded original photos on vacation and put them in an album to share, they wouldn’t be picked up by this smart collection.

It’ll depend on your workflow, if you know you only ever add photos to collections/albums using your Lightroom Classic catalog and any photos shot on your phone aren’t being automatically added to an album, then a smart collection like that could be ideal.

Colin Smith says

I’ve struggled with the concept and practicalities a number of times as my photos have reached the 20Gb limit with Adobe as to how to remove photos without losing them in my collections/albums. This is the best description and process I have come across on the web for how to address the problem. Thank you SO much.

Ever wanted to remove something from your photos?

Removing unwanted objects in Fotor is easily implemented thanks to the “Clone” effect, which will help you remove any unwanted content from an image online easily.

Plus, it will maintain the picture’s original aesthetics feeling without any effects. Try it out!

What Is Fotor’s “Clone” Effect?

As one of Fotor’s classic features, our “Clone” effect can help you remove unwanted objects from photos by cloning another natural part to cover the unwanted part. Because of how easily it can be used, Fotor’s “Clone” effect is the best tool to save you time and also give your photos a great impression. While most other image processing tools require a lot of complex steps to get rid of unwanted content from photos.

Plus, Fotor’s “Clone” effect is completely free of charge! It doesn’t matter if you’re a photographer, designer, freelancer, or student, everyone can use it! No photo editing skills required at all.

It’s Easy to Remove Text from Images

With the help of Fotor’s “Clone” function, your removal process will be greatly simplified. It is called as photo unwanted object remover. All you need to do is check our “Edit-Beauty-Clone” function, and it will allow you to remove unwanted text or date stamps from pictures in a minute. Unlike complicated, heavy image processing tools, our “Clone” effect does not require professional skills. This kind of simple yet incredible experience will really leave you with a great impression. After you apply the effect, you can also sync it to your Fotor cloud which can make it really easy for you to continue editing next time. Without Photoshop experience, you also can remove them easily.

Never Let Unwanted Photobombers Ruin Your Perfect Shot Again

Have strangers or unwanted people in a photo spoiled that perfect shot? Make them disappear from your photos with Fotor’s Clone Tool. It provides you with a quick and easy way to remove people from your photos without a trace! All you need to do is select the area you want to clone, brush over the spot you want to erase, and Fotor will take good care of the rest. Remove someone from a photo as if they were never there and restore your perfect shots.

Erase the Annoying Superfluous Elements and Rescue Your Portrait Photos

An annoying unwanted object shown in the picture will frustrate you if you prefer to save the picture as your wallpaper or social media avatar. That means you will need Fotor to help you remove unwanted objects such as wrinkles, blemishes, and pimples from photos because Fotor’s Clone can totally remove unwanted content and make the picture perfect and natural again. Plus, Fotor provides you critical editing functions, without any limit for unwanted content, you can add any cool photo effect to the image and can decorate it with beautiful stickers, icons, and well-designed fonts.

How to Remove Unwanted Objects from a Photo?

  • Click the “Edit a Photo” button on Fotor’s homepage, and import your image.
  • Go to “Beauty” and then choose “Clone”.
  • Adjust the brush size, intensity, and fade.
  • Use brush to clone one natural part of the image to cover the unwanted object. And apply the effect.
  • Save your work, choosing the format and size you wish.

Remove Objects Now

How do I remove text from a picture online?

  1. Open Fotor and click the button “Edit a Photo”, go to “Beauty”.
  2. Choose “Clone” and use the brush to select a tanned portion of your skin.
  3. Hold down the mouse to cover tan lines with cloned part.
  4. Apply the effect and save it.

How do I remove tan lines?

  1. Open Fotor and click the button “Edit a Photo”, go to “Beauty”.
  2. Choose “Clone” and use the brush to select a tanned portion of your skin.
  3. Hold down the mouse to cover tan lines with cloned part.
  4. Apply the effect and save it.

What can you do with Fotor’s “Clone” tool?

Fotor’s “Clone” effect provides you a chance to create. You can find it in “Edit-Beauty-Clone”, and then select any area on the image to replace the objects you don’t want. With the help of the “Clone” effect, just remove all imperfect and unwanted content from the photos, so that the landscape you shot becomes more graceful and your selfies more gorgeous.

How do I remove watermarks from pictures?

Browse the “Clone” effect under Fotor’s “Beauty” feature.

Use the brush to select the none-watermark part and use it to replace the watermark.

You don’t have to delete every picture and video from your phone, one by one.

How to delete photos

How cluttered is your iPhone’s camera roll?

I don’t know about you, but my iPhone’s Photo album is full of random photos and screenshots that I really don’t care about. I have over 97,000 pictures and videos — and I don’t even take countless selfies until I get the perfect shot. Instead of going back and deleting stuff after I’ve shared it, I tend to ignore it and stockpile the meaningless photos and videos.

Part of the reason is that the thought of deleting that many items is downright overwhelming. And to some extent, it is. The Photos app lets you select individual items, or select multiple items by sliding your finger across the thumbnails then deleting them. If you’re like me and have far too many photos, neither process is quick.

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Below I’ll show you how to delete every picture and video off your iPhone, whether you use iCloud or not, and from your phone or computer.

Running out of storage isn’t fun for anyone.

Do you use iCloud Photos? Here’s what you need to do

Check to see if you’re using iCloud Photos by opening the Settings app on your iPhone > tap your name > iCloud > Photos. If iCloud Photos is turned on, then you can go about removing everything from your iPhone a couple of different ways. However, the method you pick will depend on whether or not you want to just delete photos from your iPhone, keeping a backup of them all in Apple’s iCloud, or if you want to start over across all of your Apple devices.

Delete your library using your iPhone

If you just want to delete all of your photos from your iPhone and want to stop syncing with iCloud altogether, slide the switch next to iCloud Photos to the Off position in the same iCloud settings section we just navigated to. You’ll be asked whether you want to download a copy of everything to your phone or delete everything from your phone. Select the latter option.

Using your computer is the easiest way to delete all photos at once.

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Delete your librarying using a computer

For those who want to remove everything off of their iPhone and in iCloud Photos, then the quickest way is to use a Mac or PC. On a Mac, you can use the Photos app, or on both Mac and PC you can sign into the iCloud website.

In the Photos app, click on Library on the left side of the window. This will show you everything that’s in your iCloud Photos library. Click on one photo, then press CMD+A to select all. Next, press the Delete key on your keyboard and confirm your decision.

Using follows a similar process. Sign in to your account, click the Photos icon, then select Photos from the list on the left side. Click on a picture, then press CMD+A on a Mac or Ctrl+A on a PC, followed by pressing the Delete key on your keyboard, then confirm your choice.

Make sure to delete your deleted photos.

Screenshots by Jason Cipriani/CNET

There’s one more step.

A few seconds later, or maybe longer depending on how many photos you have, your library will be empty. However, you’re not done.

When you delete a photo or video from your iCloud Photos, it’s not truly deleted just yet. Instead, Apple moves it to a Recently Deleted album where it will stay for 30 days just in case you change your mind. You can either wait for the 30 days to expire, or you can manually empty the album.

To empty the album, view the Recently Deleted album in the Photos app or on On a Mac, for example, you’ll open the Photos app and select the Recently Deleted album. Each item in the album will have a number of days on the thumbnail, letting you know how much longer it has before it’s gone forever. Click Delete All to instantly, and permanently, remove everything from your library.

Don’t use iCloud Photos? Here what you need to do

If you don’t use iCloud Photos, then you can still use your computer, but you’ll have to use a different method.

Once your photos populate, select them all and click the trash icon.

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Use Image Capture on a Mac

Every Mac has an app called Image Capture. It’s a handy tool to remotely scan documents and import content from a connected camera. Before you launch the app, connect your iPhone to your Mac and if prompted on your phone, trust the computer connection. Next, find and open Image Capture from your Mac’s application folder. Under the Devices option on the left side of the app you’ll find your iPhone listed — click it.

A message will show up in the app letting you know it’s loading your photos. This can take a while, depending on how many photos and videos you have in your library. I waited 45 minutes for my library to load. Just leave your iPhone connected to your Mac, Image Capture open and wait.

Once your library shows up, click on an item in the list and then press CMD+A on your keyboard. That will select all items and activate the trash icon at the top of the window.

Click delete and confirm your decision. After some time, the iPhone’s photo library will be cleared.

You can also use a Windows computer to delete your photos.

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Use File Explorer on Windows

If you have a PC, the process is straight-forward. Connect your iPhone to your computer and approve any trust requests. Open File Explorer and select your iPhone from the list of devices connected to your PC. Double-click the device icon, then open the DCIM folder. Press Ctrl+A to select all folders, and then move them all to the trash can or press Delete on your keyboard.

Confirm your decision when asked, and then a few seconds or minutes later your photos will be removed from your iPhone.

Now that you’ve cleared up extra storage on your iPhone, take a few minutes to tweak some settings to get more out of your phone . It’s also a good idea to do a privacy checkup to make sure all apps are behaving properly. There are also some privacy settings in iOS 14 you should know about .